LynLake redevelopment starts with neighbors at April 7 workshop

A view of the surface lot near Lake & Garfield.

Morgan Luzier, a LynLake property and business owner, wants to turn development review upside down. No one has a specific proposal to build on the surface parking lot behind the Jungle Theater near Lake & Garfield. But a design workshop April 7 will start by asking community members what they would like to see there.

“The founders of the Garfield lot intended for it to always be of service to the neighborhood,” Luzier writes in a letter to community members. “Only by taking the bull by the horns can we ensure that happens.”

After lobbying for the surface lot 25 years ago, businesses are close to paying off the bond that funded its construction, and a trust fund devoted to the lot will pay for a new district-wide traffic and parking study.

“It’s really unusual to have a parking and traffic study before you even have a [development] plan,” Luzier said.

She said the study would anticipate future needs as well: If six-story buildings went up on every potential development site in LynLake, what impact would that have on parking and traffic?

“Developments don’t happen in a vacuum,” she said.

The Garfield lot holds about 120 spaces. Potential ideas laid out in the neighborhood’s long-range plans include small storefronts and a 29th Street pedestrian promenade.

The design workshop will be facilitated by San Francisco-based David Baker Architects, and it’s held with the support of the Lowry Hills East Neighborhood Association, Jungle Theater, CARAG (Calhoun Area Residents Action Group) and developer Michael Lander.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 7 at SpringHouse Community Space, 610 W. 28th St.